Oh Errol

Sydney Swans highly skilled winger
Errol Gulden boots a goal on the run

The Sydney Cricket Ground in-house DJ had iconic rock group Australian Crawl’s hit single Errol about famous Australian-born Hollywood actor Errol Flynn on high rotation in the Sydney Swans’ 73 point win over the GWS Giants at the Sydney Cricket Ground in round 20.

Every time the diminutive Swans winger Errol Gulden kicks a goal the song gets a run and a rousing sing-along by the crowd. He booted two long bombs against the Giants.

His performance against the Giants scored him nine votes for the Carey Bunton medal for the best NSW player in the AFL based on the AFL Coaches Association voting for the champion player in the AFL this season.

Errol made his AFL debut last season after three seasons playing in the seniors for UNSW Eastern Suburbs in the Sydney Premier League including a winning grand final in 2019 in which he was named the Rod Podbury Medallist for best-on-ground as a seventeen-year-old.

He played eighteen games in his first AFL season and was named the Jimmy Stiff Emerging Talent winner by the NSW AFL History Society as well as the AFL PA Best First Year Player.

“He (Errol) was always going to make it as an AFL player” according to his Maroubra Saints junior coach, and later Under 19s coach at the Bulldogs, Steve Chichester.

“I remember coming across him in Centennial Park in the summer doing a 3 km time trial when he was only 12 years old. He was just so focussed on preparing himself to be a better player, all the time”.

“He was just so coachable because he always listened and heeded instructions”, said Steve.

“Errol just loves the game, and we often see down at the Bulldogs on match days if he isn’t playing for the Swans”, he added. “His best mates are still here playing (at the club)”.

The Guldens are a football family. Errol’s older brother, Adam is currently captain of the Swans VFL team after having previously skippered Sydney University’s NEAFL team in 2019 while his mother Bronwyn is now an assistant coach of the Swans fledgling AFLW team, after serving as coach of the UNSW-ES Women’s Premier League team where her daughter Senna plays.

Meanwhile, Sydney Swans skipper Callum Mills (56 votes) still leads this year’s Carey Bunton medal count from Adelaide Crows’ full-forward Taylor Walker on 45 votes with Gold Coast co-captain Jarrad Witts and Port Adelaide forward both on 33.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL

Votes Round 20
56 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans

45 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide (Rd 20 – 1 vote v CAR)
33 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast
33 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide
26 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans
25 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong
23 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans (Rd 20 – 9 votes v GWS)
21 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle
20 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton
14 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans (Rd 20 – 1 vote v GWS)
13 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong (Rd 20 – 2 votes v WB)
11 Isaac Cumming (Norths – Broken Hill) – GWS Giants

10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide
10 Harry Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – GWS Giants
9 Jeremy Finlayson (Culcairn) – Port Adelaide)
8 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn 6
James Peatling (Pennant Hills) – GWS Giants
5 Harry Perryman (Collingullie) – GWS Giants
3 Dougal Howard (Wagga Tigers) – St Kilda
2 Charlie Spargo (Albury Tigers) – Melbourne
1 Matt Flynn (Narrandera) – GWS Giants

MOHR MEDAL (Leading NSW player in AFL goalkicking)

Goals After Round 20
51 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R 20 – 2 goals)

42 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide (Rd 20 – 3 goals)
40 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (Rd 20 – 3 goals)
39 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin) – Port Adelaide (Rd 20 – 1 goal)
37 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (Rd 20 – 1 goal)
25 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle

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